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mlbmd
August 24, 2009, 01:05 AM
I have a Sig P226 9mm, about 15+ years old. About a year ago, in a review I read about a particular spring that had been updated since my pistol was manufactured and it was recommended it be replaced.
I cannot remember what particular spring it was; I know it was not the recoil spring.
Can anyone shed any light on this?
Thanks

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9mmepiphany
August 24, 2009, 01:22 AM
it sounds like you're referring to the main spring

the newer 226 models come with the shorter mainspring and a longer mainspring seat. the factory seats are plastic, but you can get metal ones if that is your preference.

the change requires that you either get newer grips or modify the ones you have to clear the new parts

cchris
August 24, 2009, 01:23 AM
Trigger bar spring perhaps?

rellascout
August 24, 2009, 01:26 AM
If the guns runs don't replace anything. IMHO

PO2Hammer
August 24, 2009, 11:42 AM
I know they changed the style of the trigger bar spring under the right grip, but I'm not sure if they put the new spring in the old pistols. The old trigger bar springs were one part that broke occasionally on Sigs, so an upgrade is good if it applies to your pistol. Old springs were just bent wire, new springs have a coil in the center.

If you go to Midway USA, they have spring (parts) kits for old and new P226's, they might give info there. Otherwise try the Sig Forum.

P.S. Welcome to The High Road.

Fumbler
August 24, 2009, 03:54 PM
Like the others said, the trigger bar transfer spring has been changed.
But one thing to note about that, the new style trigger transfer bar spring will not fit under the older grips.
If you want the new spring then you must change grips to the new factory grips or something aftermarket.
It's really not necessary to change, but you should keep a couple of replacement old style springs.
If it's a defensive piece then I suggest changing to the new style if you shoot then gun a lot.

The hammer spring/mainspring has changed too. It went from a steel hammer strut seat to a plastic mainspring housing. It's not necessary to change to the new style.

cchris
August 24, 2009, 08:25 PM
If the guns runs don't replace anything. IMHO

I've heard that not replacing some of the more worn-out recoil springs might cause the frame to crack if the slide slams against it at full force without the spring absorbing some of the impact. I usually live by the "if it ain't broke don't fix it" mentality, but thinking about that made me a little concerned.

rellascout
August 24, 2009, 08:52 PM
I've heard that not replacing some of the more worn-out recoil springs might cause the frame to crack if the slide slams against it at full force without the spring absorbing some of the impact. I usually live by the "if it ain't broke don't fix it" mentality, but thinking about that made me a little concerned.

How many cracked frames have been reported?

John Parker
August 24, 2009, 10:22 PM
SIG should send you a free spring kit if you call them up.

9mmepiphany
August 25, 2009, 12:15 AM
I've heard that not replacing some of the more worn-out recoil springs

regular replacement of recoil springs should occur between 3500-5000 rounds

rellascout
August 25, 2009, 12:16 AM
SIG should send you a free spring kit if you call them up.

I have not heard of Sig giving away springs in a long time.

cchris
August 25, 2009, 01:39 AM
None that I know of, but I'm sure in some extreme conditions it might happen. As my P6 cycles great and hasn't had any problems, I'm not too concerned with changing it anytime soon.

gtmtnbiker98
August 25, 2009, 10:38 AM
Just buy the springs from Top Gun Supply, they aren't that expensive and what I consider cheap insurance.

Fumbler
August 25, 2009, 10:42 AM
Just buy the springs from Top Gun Supply, they aren't that expensive and what I consider cheap insurance.
Agreed.

There have been some old reports or frame cracking, but those are all second hand accounts. From those accounts apparently Sig will replace the frames. There were also reports of slides cracking on some 220s, but that was related to the design, not recoil spring issues.

John Parker
August 25, 2009, 10:06 PM
I have not heard of Sig giving away springs in a long time.

I got mine from them about 6 months ago.

customizedcreationz
August 27, 2009, 08:44 AM
Sig gave you a free spring kit ?

Thats news to me and I am a Sig Dealer !

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